Nov 18, 2012 9:00am PST
. president obama's warning both sides upon to ramp up the fighting in the middle-east, even as he supports israel's right to defend itself. the president is monitoring the crisis closely, as he is in a three-day swing to south asia. wendall is with the president. >> reporter: the president has talks almost dale weprime minister netanyahu and egyptian president morsi and has reached out to the turkish prime minister. he said he would like to see the violence between israel and the palestinians diminish, but says that israel has a right to defend itself. >> israel has every right to expect that it does not have missiles fired into its territory f. that can be accomplished without a ramping up of military activity in gaza, that's preferable. >> reporter: here in thailand, mr. obama's wrapping up the first leg of a three-nation tour, visiting what one analyst calls the troubled children. he goes to burma and cambodia, in burma to urge in theic process and in cambodia, despite the lack of it, there was a wat pot monastery, with the reclining buddha and asked the monk there for prayers, for talk
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know will ask me, president obama, during his first term, chose not to visit israel permanenty, in his capacity as president. he is on an asian tour right now, talking a lot about economics and the economies -- he was in thailand this morning. should he be in the region right now? >> maybe not in the region right now because the negotiations that are going on would just be distracted by the president being on the ground out there. but he certainly needs to make a trip out to the region. he needs to make a trip to israel and to some of the other countries, like jordan in the region, to reassure the people that we are indeed engaged and will be engaged in the future. >> jamie: all right. ambassador, thank you very much for being with us. i appreciate your insight on it. i am sure, like us, you must be hearing from people in the region who are gravely concerned, right? >> absolutely. on botheds. people are very, very nervous. they don't want to see a war. everybody loses in a war. there has to be a way out of this. >> jamie: i hope so, sir. nice to meet you. thank you, ambassador walker.